On a dark rainy morning at 6am on the 29th March, ten cadets from both the RN and Army sections of the CCF Contingent departed from the College for a 14-hour journey to Aviemore and the Cairngorm Mountains, in search of snow and the wild and peaceful waters of the river Spey for a week’s adventure training.
The cadets were divided into three groups which rotated over three days of winter mountaineering skills, mountain biking, low level walking in the Glen Feshie Valley and canoe paddling skills on Loch Morlich in preparation for the final two days; a canoe expedition on the river Spey with a wild camp on the river banks overnight. They also enjoyed a visit to the Cairngorm Dogsledding Centre near Aviemore on their first day.
The cadets worked extremely hard over the week not only during the training but also in the Lodge preparing and cooking two meals a day and making their own packed lunches each day whilst also cleaning and tidying the accommodation on a daily basis!
After an amazing week which saw two good heavy dumps of snow providing excellent winter conditions on the mountain, some skilful negotiation of the forest trails on mountain bikes, and some exciting paddling, they returned home on 5th April for a well-earned rest.